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Canadian Automotive Museum (Oshawa, Ontario)


Canadian Automotive Museum (Oshawa, Ontario)

Shown: 1931 Francis-Barnett motorcycle

Francis-Barnett was an English motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1919, by Gordon Inglesby Francis and Arthur Barnett, and based in Lower Ford Street, Coventry, England. The company manufactured motorcycles that were affectionately known as the "Fanny-B". The company developed a triangulated frame using straight tubes which could be bolted together using basic tools. Most of their light motorcycles used Villiers and later AMC two-stroke engines. In the 1930s, the company developed the 250 cc (15 cu in) Cruiser, one of the first motorcycles to have a faired engine, protecting the rider from oil and dirt. Francis Barnett was taken over by Associated Motor Cycles in 1947 and combined with James in 1957. The combined firm remained in business until 1966. A number of models were named after birds including the Falcon, Hawk, Kestrel, Merlin, Plover and Snipe. Francis & Barnett Ltd. of Coventry also made bayonets. The finish quality was not the same standard as the government factories. These bayonets were very rare, with only a handful of known examples. [Source:]
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The Canadian Automotive Museum is an automobile museum located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The museum features many Canadian-made cars as the automobile industry, specifically the Canadian division of the General Motors, known as General Motors Canada, which has always been at the forefront of Oshawa’s economy. The museum was founded in 1962 by a group of Oshawa businessmen through the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. The venture was initiated mainly to preserve the automotive history of Canada and to present this history in an educational and entertaining manner. Canadian Automotive Museum Inc is a charitable corporation and has been in operation since 1963. The museum is housed in a 25,000 sq ft (2,300 m2) building in downtown Oshawa that was originally the location of Ontario Motor Sales, a local car dealership, in the 1920s. The building maintains its original period architecture right down to the original elevator used to move cars to the second floor. The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada. [Source:]

This "Canadian Automotive Museum" tells the story of the ‘Canadian Automotive Industry’ through its many displays and original artifacts. It is located in the ‘Canadian General Motors’ town of ‘Oshawa’ since 1961 and features cars from 1898 to 1930s.

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